OK, so maybe it's more of a purple-ish obsession?
Regardless, lavender is in bloom in Berkeley and we can't get enough of it. It's beautiful, but not in the way other conventional flowers are beautiful -- lavender is more mysterious. It's spindly and graceful.
Lavender (in areas that aren't too windy) is also drought tolerant.
It's a great plant if you're interested in helping your local bee population -- lots of nectar.
You can use it in the kitchen (here's a great recipe for lavender lemonade).
It's also wonderfully fragrant and has a variety of medicinal uses.
We don't have a yard, but lavender does quite well in pots -- and we just saw some young plants for sale at Trader Joe's. We think we'll put some out on the porch.
What do you do with your lavender?
image via code poet; flickr.com